McInnes Cooper has extensive experience helping physician employers, including health authorities,
hospitals and medical clinics, obtain the necessary approvals to hire foreign physicians. In most
cases, an employer will need to obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), allowing
them to hire a foreign candidate. In some cases, as the Global Skills Strategy Work Permit Exemption
for short-term locums or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot – and avoid the LMIA process. We can explain the options.
We can also guide employers through the government’s complex employer compliance regime. It is important for
employers to know, and understand, that their legal obligations do not end when the LMIA is approved or when
the worker obtains a work permit. There are ongoing legal obligations, including obligations around record-keeping,
that employers must be aware of.
We also work with individual doctors on work permits and permanent residence applications. We have dealt with many
urgent cases – that can involve a physician needed to fill a role immediately, or where a work permit must be renewed
on short notice. We can also guide physicians on the necessary applications for family members; in the case of visa-requiring applicants,
spouses and children will require work, study or visitor authorization to enter Canada.
Though we work with employers across Canada, our Atlantic Canadian base has enabled us to gain extensive region-specific experience, particularly
with immigration programs that are unique to Atlantic Canada. We are proactive and current with respect to constantly changing immigration
legislation and policy. For example, we advise clients on the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP), which facilitates the hiring of
foreign workers for employers in Atlantic Canada.
The AIPP requirements differ slightly between each of the four Atlantic Provinces. Our lawyers across Atlantic Canada are familiar with these
differences and have developed working relationships with each of the provincial Offices of Immigration. Individuals may also apply for permanent
residency through an express entry program or through a provincial nominee program. If nominated by a province, individuals may be eligible
for the federal skilled worker, skilled trade program or Canadian experience class program.
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